6 Best Flower Delivery Services 2019

Photo: Courtesy of UrbanStems

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and if you’re thinking of buying flowers for someone special (or just yourself), a number of flower delivery start-ups are now offering unique bouquets with just a few clicks, often as quickly as the same day.

To find the best of newcomers, we put six of these online florists to the test, ordering a bouquet from each and seeing how the arrangements held up to shipping and a few days of exposure. We have chosen not to include delivery services like Bloom and Bloom Nation, which are basically marketplaces for local florists because while their selections are great, the options vary greatly depending on your location. The same goes for big flower delivery players like 1-800-Flowers and DFT who function as intermediaries between customers and local florists. Instead, we focused on services that arrange and deliver standardized flower arrangements, often shipped directly from farms directly to the consumer. To determine which of the new services to use, we ordered a bouquet for $50 (or as close to $50 as we could find) from each service, evaluating the flowers delivered and determining which best suited what you were looking for. . Below are the results.

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Selection: Of bouquet at $36 from ten stems of pink and purple Matthiola incana (vase not included) to one $78 large bouquet of lilies, eucalyptus, tassels and Queen Anne lace, Bouqs offers one of the widest selections of arrangements. You can shop by flower type (if you’re crazy about hydrangeas), or occasion (if you’re looking for the perfect bright and sunny birthday bouquet), or choose from a selection of plants such as delicious in ceramic pots or a dramatic climbing ivy.

Our thoughts: Our flowers grown in California (the ace arrangement) arrived two days after ordering (although you can opt for next day or same day delivery depending on the type of bouquet). As described on the site, rainbow freesias (ours were purple, yellow and white) came in bud form, which, while perhaps not the most stunning on first impression, did lasted longer than some of the flowers that arrived already open. However, if you are buying them as gifts, we recommend choosing a blooming variety, such as this chrysanthemum, pink carnation, purple rose, and solomio. bunchsince the buds make a disappointing presentation.

TL; DR: These cut-to-order, straight-from-the-farm flowers are some of the freshest you’ll find online and will last a while. Also, if you have a specific type of flower in mind, chances are it will be part of their extensive selection.

The flowers that will arrive by Valentine’s Day:

full of beauty
just my type
Magnetic
The Garland

Selection: UrbanStems’ collection is tightly curated, so their selection is smaller than some of their competitors. However, since they frequently change their offerings, you can often find new arrangements for sale, especially if you choose one of their subscription packages. Currently offering Valentine’s Day themed bouquets, their options include the Romeo (assorted roses and eucalyptus) and pink champagne (pink scabious, dianthus and spray roses), ranging from $55 to $149, as well as bouquets arranged in collaboration with vogue publishers.

Our thoughts: Our flowers (the Garland) were delivered within two days of ordering in UrbanStems signature packaging that resembles a gift box. The arrangement came in beautiful condition and the thistle, yellow roses, berries and eucalyptus looked fresh for several days after they arrived. The blend of colors in the arrangement gave it a full, textured appeal. This one definitely generated oohs and aahs when it arrived.

TL; DR: These were our absolute favorites – the ones we would get if we ordered our own based on the reasonable prices and unique arrangements.

The flowers that will arrive by Valentine’s Day:

The Lovebird
the ally
The bomb
How sweet

Selection: With new seasonal arrangements offered daily, San Francisco-based Farmgirl Flowers prioritizes quality over quantity and limits its selection to the freshest flowers available. Their options range from a simple $45 bouquet of lilies to a mega $99 market box with foliage and seasonal flowers like buttercups, roses and proteas. We also like their quirky selections, like these buttercups in a tiger cup.

Our thoughts: Our bouquet of tulips (the How sweet) arrived lovely and perfectly packaged with a box of macaroons. With added extras like latte shaped chocolates, Farmgirl’s offerings have a bit more personality – it’s a pro or con depending on your recipient’s sensibilities. The vases they come in are a nice touch, though.

TL; DR: Because their bouquets sell out fast, go with Farmgirl for an eco-conscious recipient who isn’t necessarily looking for a particular flower. There are some nice vase options if you are also looking for something different from the standard glass.

The flowers that will arrive by Valentine’s Day:

secret gardenia
modern love
here comes the sun
Sweet and White Bundle

Selection: Starting at $55 for one “organize yours” a bouquet of peach and white flowers with seasonal greens, H.Bloom’s extensive selection includes a range of colors and varieties in display-ready vases, such as the $85 Pink Berry (white hydrangea, pink roses, berries), the $125 Sunberry (green dianthus and yellow roses), and rises to a $375 Red Velvet bouquet of red roses, amaryllis and orchids. You can also get plants like potted jade or premium orchids.

Our thoughts: Our flowers arrived the next day (same day delivery is also available) from a local florist (maybe because we ordered a make-your-own bouquet, the Sweet and White Bundle) In very good shape. With white roses, white hydrangeas and eucalyptus, it was almost identical to the arrangement on the site. Even with the DIY caveat, these looked professionally arranged and ready to show off.

TL; DR: If you are willing to spend a little extra cash, go for one of these to make a big statement. That’s what we’d get if money wasn’t an issue.

The flowers that will arrive by Valentine’s Day:

Pastel Whispers
Daddy's beard
Pink ruffles
Benchmark Large Flower Bouquets With Vase

Selection: Compared to more carefully selected arrangements found at UrbanStems or H. Bloom, Benchmark Bouquets’ arrangements aren’t as visually exciting (in the office, we compared them to “bodega flowers”), but the price is unbeatable. With Prime two-day shipping, you can get a $36 set of multicolored lilies (vase included) or a $57 red rose and white lily arrangement. All arrangements are under $60.

Our thoughts: Our large flowers the arrangement arrived two days after ordering in a Benchmark branded box with a vase and flower food. Along with free shipping (for Prime members), the cost and convenience of Benchmark Bouquets make up for the somewhat lackluster selection. We also appreciate that a vase was included for an all-in-one gift at a price that beats some of the “nicer” services.

TL; DR: If you’re on a tight budget and like the convenience of Amazon Prime, this is a solid option – not the best, but serviceable.

The flowers that will arrive by Valentine’s Day:

Benchmark Bouquets 2 Dozen Blushing Beauty Roses with Vase
Benchmark Bouquets Dozen Rainbow Roses with Vase
Benchmark Charming Roses and Alstroemeria Bouquets With Vase
Cake Bouquet Let Them Eat KaBloom

Selection: With KaBloom, like Benchmark, you’re going to see standard-looking bouquets but at great prices and with fast Prime delivery. Go for their single-variety selections like these at $47 pink roses or $24 tulips. KaBloom also offers attractive, flowering plants like pink cyclamen or red anthurium.

Our thoughts: Our arrangement arrived ready to display in a glass vase, just in time with a two-day shipment. In the let them eat cake arrangement, the white hydrangeas helped fill out the bouquet of roses and carnations, but overall it looked a bit boring compared to the UrbanStems or H.Bloom bouquets.

TL; DR: Go for these if you want a simpler look (like a dozen red roses in a glass vase) at a relatively low price.

The flowers that will arrive by Valentine’s Day:

KaBloom The Romantic Classic Bouquet
KaBloom Pure Love Bouquet
KaBloom Bouquet of 12 fresh pink roses

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Terisa K. Carn